So I have been on this weight loss journey for a couple years now and have gone from 180 to 144 as of now. I am very big into exercise and have been mixing it up-zumba, lifting, kickboxing circuit training etc. I love to be in the gym. I have been weight lifting at lunch m-f for about 45 minutes. My schedule is lower,upper,cardio, lower,upper, cardio. I take a class or two at my gym at night depending on how I feel.
I been eating clean and avoiding gluten and processed foods because they bother my stomach.I ONLY drink water- kicked the coffee,and diet soda. I have green tea (no added sugars) ON OCASSION. I eat totally organic, freshfruit, veggies, meats etc. I make sure to get up and make my meals for the morning and afternoon. I follow weightaatchers as well as tracking my calories on an app on my phone. I make sure I eat enough in a day and have only a 250 decifit a day. I am trying to get down 10 pounds.
I been approached by people trying to claim body by vi or shakeology will take the weight off of me but I know its just a quick fix. I was down to 133 last summer due to weight watchers and running- but I was always so hungry! I want to get down to 130 the healthy way and need advice to get there and maintain it!
How many cals a day are you eating? Have you taken a break from cal restriction any time in the past two years to "just maintain"?
That is dependent on how much I burn. i wear a heart rate monitor to know calories. Not working out i eat 1450. Light day-1600 Heavy day-1800. I keep track of calories but I am living by the ideal of non processed foods- that you dont have to track as much. Veggies and fruits are so low. I make sure to only eat two servings of fruit though.
and I have been dieting this whole time trying different methods- south beach, weight watchers, paleo, the abs diet, highprotein lowcarb. I been trying different things to find what works for me.
As you know, weight loss close to your goal is much slower. It has taken me 6 months to lose 10 lbs from 150 to 140. I would like to lose 5 more but if I don't that's ok too. I basically took a year off and maintained my initial weight loss then tackled it again. When was the last time you took a week off exercise? We need a break there too sometimes :)
P.S. How long have you "stuck" with each change before trying something new?
Honestly I stick with things for a couple weeks and give up. I need to take time off and just relax, your right.
Whenever I go off of something and dont track I gain immediately even eating extremelly healthy, thats why I am so scared to maintain. i am afraid I have messed up my metabolism so much I will blow up.
The best way to get your metabolism back on track is to eat at maintenance for a few weeks or months. Yes, you may see a little initial gain on the scale but that should settle out. Best to avoid the scale for a bit. I think we can become too obsessive, stress out, and make things worse.
I have done paleo since Jan, yes, I have had a few falls off the wagon but stuck it out and have lost 10 lbs. Jumping from one new thing right into another after a week or two is not productive. It took a good 3-4 months of my new weight training program to see differences in my body, now I can really tell after 6 months. I would take a break, eat at maintenance, maybe take a week off formal exercise, walking, biking, etc would be fine. Do something relaxing. Up your cals for a few weeks, adding back in your exercise and see how it goes. The main thing is that we are eating healthy and getting regular exercise. We get too hung up on a number on the scale :(
Are you taking breaks from workout days at all?? It was recommended to me to take a few days breaks (not back to back necessarily) and to switch my routine every 3 weeks. Once your body adjusts to certain exercises, it stops the fat burning mode (metabolism) and plateaus.
Too, I have mentioned to several people that before I found this site, I had checked out many weight loss books at the library. One in particular really hit home for me...Dr Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss Program, he has several out, one being a 30 day plan and the other a regular overall (both explain his philosophies pretty well and show some great comparison charts) he also has one that is titled the same but says Cookbook which I really did not care for much, heck, once you get the foods down you can get creative on your own and work with what you have and like without having to go out of your way to try and keep certain items on hand that you just won't use up a whole lot. In a few ways, some suggestions are a little off according to this site but heck, there are how many off the wall "diets" are there!?!?!?!? It can be maddening but his really hits home and having been in the medical field in various positions my whole life and watching my mother struggle with obesity and have one gastric bypass surgery after another (every time it "messed up" there was a "new and improved" way of doing the surgery) of course she did her first one when they were brand new on the market. A big role in weight loss, as Dr Shapiro explains it...is made up of our psychological thinking and if you read it, you will see why he tells you to take the words "diet" and "cheating" totally out of you vocabulary!!! Too, he does not believe that you have to go to all this measuring and counting but I am a person that likes to see what I am doing in black and white, hence finding this site and I love it here though I am brand new and have not learned my way around completely...still lost at times trying to figure it all out!!!
I do get frustrated sometimes with the logging here, trying to find the "right" food item and activity but I am a Virgo (birthday is 9-11) and we have a huge tendency to be overly meticulous...hard to put it into words exactly what I mean...as I am on my first cup of coffee, lol.
Seriously though, Dr Shapiro's book truly amazed me as seeing is believing!!! He has many food comparison charts the first of which is a simple little test, he shows several different comparisons on foods (type as well as amount) and asks you to choose which you THINK are better choices of the two. It shocked the heck out of me and everyone I have shown it to (even my ex sis in law who thinks she knows everything "correct" in what is good and healthful foods)...it is worth the time to read it as knowledge is power.
Sounds to me like you have done a fantastic job with what your doing and congrats!!! It is inspiring to me to hear what you have already accomplished and I thank you!!!
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